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Busker's Evening - Friday 5th May 2017

Posted by Webmaster on March 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Robert Pring would often be found sat on the bench by the bus stop in Market Square, entertaining us with tunes on his harmonica.

We understand there are plans to affix a commemorative plaque in Robert's memory to the bench.

A Busker's evening in tribute to Robert will be held at the United Reformed Church, Long Buckby on Friday 5th May 2017, starting at 7:30pm.

This is a social event supported by a variety of talent from within your community and beyond, and all participants and audience are welcome to come.

Light refreshments will be available.

For further information please contact Alan on 01327 842700, or mobile 07717 345445.

Strong Roots - Defibrillator Training **FREE**

Posted by Webmaster on March 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We work countrywide but at heart we are a local company (our employees live locally), and we love to get involved with local events and projects.

Following the success of our last CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) overview we are excited to offer another opportunity to members of the local community;

To support our "Local Heart",  Strong Roots would like to offer FREE defibrillator training at our office on Thursday 20th April 7-8pm, (an AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm).

Join us on Thursday 20th April 7-8pm at our office in Long Buckby Wharf and learn something new, or brush up on some forgotten skills.

Places can be booked on www.strongrootstraining.com or by calling 01327 437170. We look forward to seeing you :-)

DDC - Community Grants

Posted by Webmaster on March 20, 2017 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

According to DDC's records, community groups from our Parish have not been applying for their community grants. Therefore, we’d like to see the balance redressed and ask that you pass this message on to community groups that are looking for funding.

DDC's community project grants are worth up to £1,000 and can be used for the purchase of small items of equipment or to cover training or volunteer expenses. Examples of what they have funded in the past include: IT equipment, new furniture for village halls, new kit for junior sports clubs, and training expenses for first aiders and football coaches.



The one-off community event grant is worth up to £500 and is to cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. Examples of what they have funded in the past include: village fetes and festivals, sports club open days, firework displays and Christmas pantos. Community events usually provide an opportunity for a number of community groups to come together and raise funds for themselves – as well as giving people a good time!

Please contact Sue Porter by e-mail on [email protected] for an application form.

Long Buckby School Wrap - Job Vacancy

Posted by Webmaster on March 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Position: One to One: SEND Playworker


School Wrap is looking for an enthusiastic and flexible One to One Playworker to join its team.


Hours: four hours per week plus ad-hoc cover and holiday club


Salary: Dependent on experience.


Applicants: Some experience of working with children with SEND is desirable but not essential. Ideally you will enjoy working with children of mixed ages both indoors and outdoors. You will be working alongside qualified play-workers, planning a variety of fun experiences and supporting one child with additional needs.


Successful applicants will join School Wrap in providing high-quality, safe and stimulating before and after school play for the children attending our settings at Long Buckby.


All posts are covered by the Childcare Act 2006 and are subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure (CRB) and satisfactory reference checks.


If you are interested in this position, please contact Tracy Burn at [email protected] or call 01327 842109 for an informal chat and full apprentice description.


The closing date for applications is: Friday 31st March 10am


School Wrap aims to be an equal opportunities employer.


Clarecroft Day Nursery - Job Vacancies

Posted by Webmaster on March 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Monday to Friday for 40 hours per week

Applicants must have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how to implement this

Work effectively as part of a team

A qualification in Early Years and at least a year experience working in early years in preferred

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more information please contact us on 01327 844474 or email CV to [email protected]


HOUSEKEEPER REQUIRED - 3.00-7.00pm or 4.00-8.00pm Monday to Friday, over time available if wanted, competitive wage.

Position involves general cleaning, light maintenance work and occasionally being in ratio.

For further details please contact Natasha or Gemma on 01327 844474 or email [email protected]  

Successful applicant will be required to undergo a DBS check


Do you have commitments and need a second income looking for flexible hours to suit you?

We are looking to recruit relief staff to help cover at lunchtimes and/or other busy times of the day.

You do not need to hold any qualifications to apply for this position.

For rates of pay and further information, please contact us on 01327 844474 or email us at [email protected]

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Table Top Sale - Saturday 22nd April

Posted by Webmaster on March 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Long Buckby Stay and Play group are holding a Table Top Sale at Long Buckby Community Centre

Saturday 22nd April 10 am-12 midday.

50p entry.

Refreshments available.

Tables are available at £6 each - please contact Emily Fletcher on 07880 543927 to reserve a table.

Road Closure - Foxhill Road (Long Buckby to West Haddon)

Posted by Webmaster on March 7, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Northamptonshire highways are requiring to carry out works to a bridge structure on a section of Foxhill Road. To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed from the 12th to the 14th April 2017.

Road Closure - Station Road (Market Square to South Close)

Posted by Webmaster on March 1, 2017 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to carry out carriageway repairs to a section of Station Road between King Street and South Close. To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for up to five days from the 27th March 2017 between 9am and 3pm.

Road Closure - Daventry Golf Club to Norton

Posted by Webmaster on March 1, 2017 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to carry out carriageway patching works on the road through Norton to Daventry Golf Club To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed from 20th March until the 24th March 2017 between 08.30 and 16.30.

Long Buckby Cricket Club

Posted by Webmaster on February 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Long Buckby Cricket Club

Indoor nets start on Tuesday 14th  February 2017 for 6 weeks at Moulton School, Moulton NN3 7SD. 7.30 pm for 1 hour.

Old and New Members welcome

Catering Facilities - Long Buckby Railway Station

Posted by Webmaster on February 6, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Catering is now at  Long Buckby Train Station!


Bella, the yellow Renault, will be found at the station from Monday 27th February. She’ll be open from 06.00 - 11.00 every day serving delicious, ethically sourced sourced coffee, tea and hot chocolates, soft drinks etc and on-the-go snacks, including packaged sandwiches, pastries, crisps, cakes..


We are open for a breakfast and lunch service - serving bacon rolls, toasted sandwiches, burgers, home-made pizzas etc.


We understand many of you will most likely be in a rush; so we’re open to pre-orders. We’d also love to hear your ideas for what you’d like to see on the menu!


JOB VACANCY - We are looking for someone to help us during the week, so if any locals would like to be involved, please email [email protected]



All information on menus, opening times etc. will be on Facebook - @MYOlongbuckby and there's also a page on our website for the train station - http://www.myogroup.co.uk/myo-long-buckby


Raising funds for the Church of St Peter & St Paul

Posted by Webmaster on February 2, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Please click here to visit their website. Many of the items are connected to Long Buckby.

All Profits of Items sold on their page are donated to the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Watford Village, for the benefit of both its restoration and new development projects.

Please support them if you can.


Robert 'Bob' Pring

Posted by Webmaster on January 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Ian Buster Mottram has kindly given us permission to use his post from Facebook.

In memory of my friend Robert 'Bob' Pring who sadly passed away yesterday 29 January 2017.


Most people knew Bob as the Harmonica Man, sitting on the bus stop seat playing the harmonica for ages, easily talking to people on a range of subjects; his favourites were sport and music.

He was a very intelligent man with a fantastic memory of everything he ever learned, it seemed.

He played the harmonica but also guitar and banjo.

While he was hospitalised recently I and another friend would visit him at the weekends and although his health didn't seem to be improving, it never got him down. He even came up with a couple of hundred new ideas for a thesis if only he could do the research etc.

He was always concerned with the well-being of the people of Long Buckby and as many can tell you, he would readily volunteer to sit and play his harmonica for hours in return for whatever people would donate, then give it all to the chosen charity. I think he made about £35.00 at the last Feast!


He volunteered at Milton Keynes Hospital Radio and I received this email today from the Vice Chairman. I include an extract:


"Bob has been a Member at MKHR for over 10 years (sadly our Membership Records don’t record the exact date he joined). Before that he was a member of other Hospital Radio stations in the London area, and was rightly recognised by the national Hospital Broadcast Association a few years ago for his dedication to the movement with a Long Service Award and Certificate. I worked closely with Bob on the Sports show for many years, he as the studio anchor whilst we provided commentary from stadium:mk on live matches. He was a constant in the team for around 8 years before his recent ill health forced him to take a break. We were all hoping he would be able to return, but sadly that wasn’t to be. He was also a stalwart member of our fundraising team, attending virtually every event during the period, most of which featured a turn by ‘Bob the Busker’ on his harmonica. He was a big part of everything we have done over the last 10 years and will be missed by us all.


Many of us would like to pay our last respects to our friend, so could I ask that you let me know the arrangements for his funeral so that we can attend."


I will miss you Bob. R.I.P.

 Robert 'Bob' Pring busking for charity at Long Buckby Feast, August 2016.

Long Buckby & District Gardening Club

Posted by Webmaster on January 17, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday 14th March

7.45 - 9.30pm

Speaker, Paul Williams


Community Centre, Station Road, Visitors welcome £4.00

Tuesday 11th April

7.45 - 9.30pm

Speaker, Adam Pasco


Community Centre, Station Road, Visitors welcome £4.00

Theft from Church - Ashby St Ledgers

Posted by Webmaster on January 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

**Please make churches in your local area aware**

The Police are aware of a male believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from the donation tube at Ashby St Ledgers Church.

Six times in the last six months the church has been targeted and on each occasion the MO has been the same, differing only after cctv was installed as the MO now includes knocking the cameras out so they do not record.

The ip thinks the male may be linked to a silver VX Astra as one has been seen nearby in suspicious circumstances on a previous occasion.

The PCSO is also aware of a similar job in Braunston (old now) but are sure it is the same male as there are stills with this crime also that appear to be the same male.


Posted by Webmaster on December 23, 2016 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


from Sgt Sam Dobbs – Daventry Police | 22 December 2016

Further to my Christmas message sent out last week, I now report to local communities that since then, Daventry District suffered 17 non-dwelling burglaries – the highest we’ve seen this year. These crimes, targeting sheds, garages and farms, have been evenly spread across seven of wards including four crimes in Flore, and three each in Yelvertoft, Spratton, Moulton, Brampton, Weedon, Brixworth and Drayton ward of Daventry. Seven of the crimes have involved the theft of tools or farm equipment. Almost all offences have been committed overnight on weekends between Friday and Monday.

  • What the police have been doing:

  • We have successfully briefed a very large number of local farmers on what to look out for and what to do in suspicious circumstances

  • We have run a campaign to have valuable agricultural plant security-marked

  • We ran a recent successful operation to increase policing overnight in rural areas

  • Earlier this month, we stopped a vehicle towing a new cattle trailer full of garden machinery. The driver had no good explanation for the trailer or contents and was arrested and has been charged with burglary, now awaiting court with curfew conditions.

  • Last month, we worked with bordering forces to catch people handling goods stolen from this community at a nearby market in the neighbouring county.

How the public can help us

  • See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.

  • Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security. For less than £50 you can buy and fit a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. It is set by a key fob. Remember that a PAYG SIM requires a telephone call once a month, so you will need to test/activate the device once a month to force a phone call. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.

  • Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas (999 is appropriate in these circumstances). Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people (often from out of the county) who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.

  • Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.

Let’s continue to work together to make Daventry District’s safe and peaceful community one which is also hostile to thieves.

Teenager followed by stranger

Posted by Webmaster on December 14, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl reported being followed by a stranger in Long Buckby, last Thursday (8 December).


Between 7.45am and 8am, when the 13-year-old girl was on her way to school, a man followed her from near her home towards the bus stop in Station Road.


When she returned from school at about 3.45pm, the girl saw who she believed to be the same man in a small white van. He followed her for a short distance before driving off.


The man is described as white, between 25 and 35, with a slim build. He had black hair, with a fringe, and was wearing a beany hat, zip-up black jumper and dark trousers.


Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area on Thursday or at any other time, is ask to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.


Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Incident Number:16000408313

Council's proposals to safeguard iconic red telephone boxes

Posted by Webmaster on November 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Daventry District Council (DDC) looks set to oppose plans to remove iconic red telephone boxes in villages across the District.



BT has contacted the Council with proposals to remove 49 phone boxes in total from around Daventry District, 16 of which are the traditional red ‘K6’ telephone boxes.



After initially consulting parishes and other interested individuals, the Council has now published the first draft of its official response to BT’s proposals and is encouraging residents to give their views on it.



The Council plans to object to the removal of all 16 red telephone boxes on the grounds that they are important to the District’s heritage. It has also applied to Historic England to grant the majority of them listed status to help protect them in the future. DDC may however agree for BT to decommission eight of the red boxes if they are adopted by the local parish councils or residents.



The Council also plans to agree to the removal of 22 modern phone boxes proposed by BT, but objects to the other 11, either because the call levels suggest there is a demand in the area they are in and they provide a valuable local resource, or they are located in areas where mobile phone reception is poor.



The initial draft response – known as the First Notification – can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation. People have until 5pm on Wednesday, December 21 give their feedback. Councillors will then consider a final response to BT at its Strategy Group meeting in January.



Councillor Alan Hills, Daventry District Council Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “Red phone boxes are iconic features in many of our villages and form part of our District’s distinct heritage so we believe they should all be kept and protected.



“We also looked at all of the modern phone boxes listed by BT for removal and the numbers of calls made from them. It’s apparent that they are still an important community resource in some areas. Also, some are in places with poor mobile reception and may be important for emergency calls. However, it seems that some others could be removed without any real harm.



“We would encourage those with an interest in these issues to give their views before the consultation deadline to ensure they have had their say.”


You can view the full document and download a feedback form at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation



People can reply by post to Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP.



About K6 red phone boxes.


Red phone boxes are instantly recognisable internationally as an iconic design symbol of 20th century British architecture. The red K6 phone boxes were designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) and were produced in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. This model was the first public telephone to be installed nationwide. Gilbert-Scott is also famous for designing Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Cambridge University Library and orchestrating the repairs to the House of Commons following WWII bomb damage.



The 16 K6 red phone boxes proposed by BT for removal are located in the following villages: Charwelton, Church Brampton, Cold Ashby, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Hanging Houghton, Holdenby, Long Buckby, Newnham, Nobottle, Old, Onley, Sibbertoft, Spratton, Staverton and Winwick.



Online Resident Welcome Pack

Posted by Webmaster on October 24, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Please clcik HERE for a link to a new ‘Resident Welcome Pack’ on the DDC website:


Co-Op Funding for Long Buckby Community Centre

Posted by Webmaster on September 26, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Those of you who have Co-op membership will have received, or shortly will receive, your new blue Co-op membership card.

If you have received it you can now set up and access your account at www.coop.co.uk/membership and NOMINATE the Long Buckby Community Centre as the recipient of 1% of your local Co-op purchases.

You can also telephone them on 0800 023 4708 to nominate the community centre.

Please support the Long Buckby Community Centre, and ask all your friends and family to do so also. We desperately need more funding to keep the Centre alive.

Thank you


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